Claire Maguire

FRESH: ‘All Or Nothing Love’ – Clare Maguire

UK singer Clare Maguire releases the video for her brand new single “All Or Nothing Love”.

UK vocalist and songwriter Clare Maguire released “All Or Nothing Love” last month, her first new music since her 2016 album “Stranger Things Have Happened” and now she’s released the video in support of the single!

Clare comes from Solihull in England and made her debut in 2011 with the album “Light After Dark”, which reached No.7 in the UK and No.6 on the Scottish album chart’s, gaining a Silver certification for sales of over 60,000 copies. It featured the hit singles “The Shield And The Sword” and “The Last Dance”, which was heavily promoted by BBC Radio 1 and entered the UK singles chart at No.23!

Clare suffered for her art and her time promoting her debut album was not a happy one. After a period in rehab, Clare found solace in her two mini dachshund’s, Dilla and Lola and began writing again. She released a self-titled EP in 2014 which included a cover of Ella Fitzgerald’s “Black Coffee” and Joni Mitchell’s “The Last Time I Saw Richard” as well as two new compositions.

She released a second EP in 2015, “Don’t Mess Me Around” which featured four brand new tracks co-written and produced by Samuel Dixon, who has also worked with the likes of Adele, Sia, Paloma Faith and Kylie Minogue. At the same time writing and recording for her second full studio album was already underway and she returned in a blaze of glory in March 2016 with the outstanding and haunting single “Elizabeth Taylor” in which she stands up to her demons with lines like “I’ve loved, I’ve lost and loved again, but here I am, here I stand”.

“Stranger Things Have Happened” was released in May and included yet more striking tunes with “Swimming” and a further single “The Valley”. The same year Clare co-wrote and performed vocals on the single “How Love Begins” with DJ Fresh, High Contrast and Dizzee Rascal. The song reached No.53 in the UK.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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